noun gynar·chy

Definition of gynarchy



  1. 1 :  government by women

  2. 2 :  a form of social organization among insects (as ants, bees, wasps) in which only the female parent takes part in establishing the colony

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of gynarchy

gyn- + -archy

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gynarchy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


feeling or affected by lethargy

Get Word of the Day daily email!